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Wilson-Bates Appliance, Inc

Furnishing Idaho & Nevada Homes Since 1905

About Us


How A Family Business Was Born

In October 1935, Mr. & Mrs. E.E. White began their business in Twin Falls. By the age of 17, Mr. White had already been selling Maytag washers in Utah, Colorado & Nevada. Mr. White gained a reputation as the "Maytag Man" in Ely, Nevada when he operated a Maytag retail outlet and went door to door with Maytag washers strapped to his Oakland automobile. However, the Maytag Company eventually decided to become a wholesale company and shut down retail stores. In fact, the store located in Nevada was the last one to close its doors. Meanwhile, Mr. White found another job working for a Nevada banker, O.G. Bates, who would eventually become the co-founder of Wilson-Bates Furniture. O.G. Bates agreed to take him and the Maytag laundry line under his wing, so long as Mr. White would work for him.

It was this new relationship with Mr. Bates that prompted the Whites to move to Twin Falls, where they opened a branch location of the Nevada store. A year later, they purchased the store. The Whites continued to open stores across the Magic Valley. In 1955, they purchased the store in Ely, Nevada and that of Elko in 2013.

Wilson-Bates has been a family-run business since 1935. The business is now being operated by the Whites two sons and their daughter, who also have their current children who are involved in the business. Mr. White retired in the late 1970s, while Mrs. White continued to work until 1983, when her health compelled her to retire.

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Aside from hard work and making our valued customers feel at ease to find the right furniture that agrees with their budget and their needs, we are also a social-purpose business. We believe in helping our communities by lending a helping hand for a school fundraiser or taking part in a community-wide outreach. Ultimately, we aspire to impact individuals, families and even wildlife. We are committed to doing our part.

Here are some of the organizations that Wilson-Bates has been actively working with; The Boys & Girls Club, The Salvation Army, Idaho Food Bank, Pet Shelters & Clinics, Valley House, Safari Club, The College of Southern Idaho Scholarship Fund, United Way, Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Hospice Visions, Red Cross, National Wild Turkey Federation, St. Luke's Foundation, Toys For Tots, Sportsmen For Fish & Wildlife, Special Olympics and many other community organizations throughout Idaho and Nevada.

For Fish & Wildlife, Special Olympics and many other community organizations throughout Idaho and Nevada.

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At Wilson-Bates Appliance and Furniture, you will experience customer service tailored to your needs and will enjoy selecting from the latest styles in furnishings and accessories featured in today's marketplace. We offer Traditional to Contemporary furnishments and the ability to special order to fulfill your interior design dreams; our Furniture Sales Representatives will gladly walk with you among our showrooms to achieve your home's perfect inner beauty. In addition, our Electronics Sales Representatives will demonstrate our interactively displayed Smart HDTVs; plus be mesmerized by Samsung's new Curved Panel LED TV with 4K Ultra HD, hear and feel the Bluetooth / WiFi Theater Systems, the power packed Sound Bars and 3D / WiFi Blu-ray Players. Last but not least, our trained Appliance Sales Representatives will give you a tour of our appliance department filled with the latest technologically advanced washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, ranges from electric, to gas and induction, dishwashers, microwaves and specialty appliances. We are also proud to be carrying Kamado Joe Grills, Made in America: Broil King Gas Grills including their respective accessories along with Man Law grilling tools. If you demand top quality brands backed by professional customer service, then look no further than one of our Wilson-Bates Appliance and Furniture stores. We proudly offer Liberty Safes, Ashley, Ashley Benchcraft, Ashley Millennium, Ashley Signature Design, AAmerica, Best Home Furnishings, Natuzzi Leather, Flexsteel, La-Z-Boy Furniture, Uttermost, Surya, Thomas Kinkade Painter of Light, Perdue Woodworks, Pacific Coast Lighting, C.R. Plastic Products, Magnussen Home, Coaster, Serta, iComfort, Protect-A-Bed, Oreck, Hoover, G.E. Profile, G.E. Cafe, G.E. Artistry, G.E. Monogram, Frigidaire, Frigidaire Gallery, Frigidaire Professional, Whirlpool, Viking, Viking Professional, Sub-Zero, Maytag, KitchenAid, Hotpoint, Bosch, Broan, Asko, Samsung, LG, Sony, Onkyo, Sharp, Yamaha, Sonos, Klipsch, Sansui and many more...The Wilson-Bates team is dedicated to providing you, our valued client, with the best customer service possible. As our motto states - "We Can Make It Easy!", for you to shop and save at any of our Southern Idaho locations in Twin Falls, Burley and Gooding including the Wilson-Bates Discount Furniture Center, in addition to our Nevada locations in Ely and Elko...